Sarah Ollerenshaw is an artist with a background in fine art restoration. She studied Spanish and History of Art at Birmingham University and then took a postgraduate diploma at Christie's Education which in turn led to an apprenticeship in restoration and conservation. Throughout her studies and restoration work she has always painted and is largely self - taught. Despite her love for restoration it became clear that her passion for paint was moving in to a more personal direction and Sarah welcomed the gradual shift of being able to spend more time in her Wimbledon studio. Whilst concentrating on her own art she also embraced a two-year stint as artist in residence at Kensington Prep where she devised and taught history of art related projects to the children. She now paints full time and is a mother to two wonderful children.
Sarah’s paintings are worked loosely from photographs in her studio. They are executed with intensity and vigour using painterly bold marks, scratches and a range of palette knives. Her increasing interest is in how paint moves and how, depending on its placement, colour can either sing or disappear. The desired effect is a tension between abstraction yet achieving a photographic edge – something emotionally painterly yet real.
The colourful rhythmic poetry and balance of her work combined with the workmanship results in paintings of artistic integrity that inspire emotional connections between the past and present.